United Plant Savers

These Are Exciting Times for Herbalists. We are witnessing the art of herbalism rapidly regaining its rightful place in the American tradition of health and healing. However, as herbalism flourishes and winds its way into the "main stream" of America, it is eliciting a unique set of problems and concerns. Where once only a small handful of people wildcrafted plants in the wild, ever increasing numbers are now heading to the hills.

Where once herbal enterprises were few and far between, now the competition often forces one to focus on the need for larger production and greater diversity of herbal products, thus utilizing more plant resources. Furthermore, other countries with an uninterrupted tradition of herbal healing are experiencing a severe shortage of medicinal plants and look to the North American continent for supplying these herbs. This increased usage along with habitat destruction is causing an ever-increasing shortage of plant resources, including some of our most treasured medicinal species.

Our work, the work of United Plant Savers (Ups), is to research, educate and protect in the interests of our plants and their habitats. We hope that you will join us in this worthwhile and important mission.